Kabul airport reopens to receive aid, domestic flights restart

Ariana Afghan Airlines resumed some flights in Afghanistan between Kabul and three major provincial cities on Saturday, the carrier said, after a technical team from Qatar reopened the capital’s airport for aid and domestic services. Flights between Kabul and the western city of Herat, Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan and Kandahar in the south have … Read more

Afghanistan Taliban LIVE updates: Taliban stake claim over Panjshir Valley; rebels deny

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Restoration of Kabul’s closed airport begins as some Afghan aid resumes

Afghanistan’s plunge into chaos, isolation and near-destitution under its newly ascendant Taliban rulers appeared to slow Thursday, with the first significant moves to salvage Kabul’s inoperable airport, an increased flow of UN aid and word that international money transfers had resumed to the country, where many banks are shuttered. But these developments did not signal … Read more

‘It looked like a zombie apocalypse’: US military pilots, crew describe Afghanistan departure

It looked like a zombie apocalypse. For the US military pilots and aircrew about to make their final takeoffs out of Afghanistan, the sky was lit up with fireworks and sporadic gunfire and the airfield littered with battered shells of airplanes and destroyed equipment. Stray dogs raced around the tarmac. And Taliban fighters, visible in … Read more

Afghanistan Taliban LIVE updates: Taliban to announce new government, says media report

Waiters and customers watch a news broadcast on the Tolo network at a shawarma restaurant in Kabul, Afghanistan, Feb. 29, 2020. (Kiana Hayeri/The New York Times) Can Afghanistan’s leading broadcaster survive the Taliban? Over the past two decades, the Afghan broadcaster Tolo has been known for provocative programs such as “Burka Avenger,” in which an … Read more

Afghanistan LIVE updates: Joe Biden says Afghanistan exit marks the end of US nation-building

Ever since the US announced that it is withdrawing its troops from Afghanistan, the Kabul airport has been a nerve centre of activity, witnessing a frenzied, chaotic evacuation. But with the Taliban now having taken control of the airport, speculations are rife about how operations will be run and who will take care of the … Read more

White House: US has capacity to evacuate remaining Americans

The United States has the capacity to evacuate the approximately 300 US citizens remaining in Afghanistan who want to leave before President Joe Biden’s Tuesday deadline, senior Biden administration officials said, as another US drone strike against suspected Islamic State militants underscored the grave threat in the war’s final days. “This is the most dangerous … Read more

Kabul drone strike LIVE updates: US drone strike destroys Islamic State car bomb in Kabul, say officials

A Taliban elite unit on the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan. (File/Victor J. Blue/The New York Times) Explained: What happens after Joe Biden’s evacuation force leaves Afghanistan? President Joe Biden on Tuesday stuck by his plan to remove the nearly 6,000 US troops from Afghanistan by the end of August, contingent on whether the Taliban cooperates to allow … Read more

A digital Dunkirk: veterans online scramble to get people out of Afghanistan

Joe Saboe pressed his fingers against his brow in exhaustion and leaned over a laptop as he tried to do what had been drilled into him over and over when he was an Army infantry officer: Leave no one behind. “Roger, I’ve got six AmCits, at least six,” he said into his cellphone, using shorthand … Read more

Another attack likely, says Joe Biden as he pledges more strikes on IS

US President Joe Biden vowed to keep up airstrikes against the Islamic extremist group whose suicide bombing at the Kabul airport killed scores of Afghans and 13 American service members. Another terror attack, he said, is “highly likely” this weekend as the US winds down its evacuation. The Pentagon said the remaining contingent of US … Read more

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